grill

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English grillen (to anger, provoke), from Old English grillan, griellan (to annoy, vex, offend), from Proto-Germanic *grellaną, *graljaną (to shout, make angry), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (to rattle, make a noise, grumble). Cognate with Dutch grillen (to shudder, shiver), Low German vergrellen (to anger, provoke), German grollen (to rumble) and perhaps also with French grouiller (to swarm).

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grill (third-person singular simple present grills, present participle grilling, simple past and past participle grilled)

  1. (transitive, Scotland, US) To make angry; provoke.
  2. (transitive, chiefly Scotland) To terrify; make tremble.
  3. (intransitive, chiefly Scotland) To tremble; shiver.
  4. (intransitive, Northern England, Scotland) To snarl; snap.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English gril, grille (harsh, rough, severe), from Old English *griell, from Proto-Germanic *grellaz (angry), from Proto-Indo-European *gher- (to rattle, make a noise, grumble). Cognate with German grell (harsh, angry), Danish grel (shrill, glaring, dazzling).

Adjective[edit]

grill (comparative griller or more grill, superlative grillest or most grill)

  1. harsh, rough, severe; cruel

Noun[edit]

grill (usually uncountable, plural grills)

  1. harm

Etymology 3[edit]

1655, from French gril, from Middle French, from Old French greïl, graïl (gridiron), from graïlle (grate, grating), from Latin crātīcula (gridiron), diminutive of crātis (hurdle, wickerwork), from Proto-Indo-European *kor(ə)t-, *krāt- (to weave, twist, wattle; wicker). Related to griddle, hurdle.

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Noun[edit]

Brazier with grill and pot rest

grill (plural grills)

  1. A rack; a grid of wire or a sheet of material with a pattern of holes or slots, usually used to protect something while allowing the passage of air and liquids. Typical uses: to allow air through a fan while preventing fingers or objects from passing; to allow people to talk to somebody, while preventing attack.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.
  2. On a vehicle, a slotted cover as above, to protect and hide the radiator, while admitting air to cool it.
  3. A device comprising a source of radiant heat and a means of holding food near it, to cook it; a barbecue; a griddle.
    I put some peppers and mushrooms on the grill to go with dinner.
  4. (colloquial) A type of jewelry worn on the front teeth; by extension, the front teeth regarded collectively.
  5. Food cooked on a grill.
    a packet of frozen cauliflower cheese grills
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Verb[edit]

grill (third-person singular simple present grills, present participle grilling, simple past and past participle grilled)

  1. To cook food on a grill; to barbecue.
    Why don't we get together Saturday and grill some burgers?
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, UK) To cook food under the element of a stove or only under the top element of an oven - (US) broil.
  3. (colloquial) To interrogate; to question aggressively or harshly.
    The police grilled him about his movements at the time of the crime.
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grill m (plural grills, diminutive grilletje n)

  1. grill

Norwegian[edit]

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grill m

  1. grill

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